Ryhope prove there is life after Swales

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RYHOPE CW proved at the weekend that there is life after Martin Swales, who last week quit as manager to join Bishop Auckland.

The managerless Wearsiders enjoyed a six goals romp and became the first side to rack up 50 goals in the Wearside League this season.

For tonight’s home game against Coxhoe Athletic, Martin Metcalfe and Richard Jordan return while James Dunn will have his fitness assessed before kick-off.

Coxhoe produced their best performance of the season on Saturday when they defeated Birtley Town on penalties in the Durham Challenge Cup, a result which should give them confidence tonight.

Unfortunately, neither Vinny Gash nor Philip Best can play and a doubt surrounds the availability of Ben Haddock but James Laidler comes into contention.

Former Silksworth CW player Rhys Williams is added to a squad of 18 when Easington Colliery meet Ashbrooke Belford House at Silksworth.

The Colliery are considerably stronger with the inclusion of Dale Spence, James Page, Karl Adams and Paul Carr and they will be further boosted should Kyle Young and Rhys Weir be pronounced fit. David Henderson, Michael Paterson and Scott Huntley, however, are all ruled out.

Ashbrooke joint manager Acer Dobbing reports that Mark Egglestone, Michael Melmore, Alan Young, Dominic Laws and David Scott return to the frame but Shaun Petch, Paul Robertson and Kenny Taylor are sidelined.

Leaders Stockton Town, who boast a 100 per cent record from 12 games, make the long journey to Cleator Moor Celtic looking for their first ever League win at the Cumbrian ground.

A boost to their chances is the availability of Scott Meehan, Carlton McCabe, Rhys Connolly, and Adam Nichols.

Boldon CA manager Jason Jones welcomes back goalkeeper Connor Binney, Andrew Hall and Brodie Simpson against Gateshead Leam Rangers who are yet to win.

The Tynesiders are hoping that Laurent Sanson will be passed fit. He had to be substituted on his debut at the weekend with a hamstring injury. Also doubtful is Anth Huddart while David Ridley is banned.

John Murray, Finbar Lynch and Paul Burrell are all struggling to make the Harton and Westoe line up for the visit of Seaton Carew but David Hopper, Mark Johnson, Ben Cooper, David Graham and Martin Nugent are all expected to figure.

Visitors Seaton Carew are much stronger with Dominic Laffin, Lee Jones, Aaron Hopper, Craig Hutchinson, Rob Hammond and Jonny Bolton added to the squad.

Horden CW delay announcing their side against Wolviston who have doubts surrounding the fitness of Shaun Gregory and Rowe but Daryl Tomlinson and Craig Ferguson are back.

Prudhoe Town, smarting from a six goals rout at the weekend, have goalkeeper Mark Fish injured but new signing Liam Nash is available for the home game with Richmond Town who cannot call upon captain Jason Newall, Gary Shardha, Ben Darville or Scott Ryan.